FORMER REP. ALLEN WEST TO HEAD TEXAS THINK TANK
Tea party hero Allen West is leaving Florida to take over a Texas think tank. The one-term congressman announced Friday he will become CEO of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis in January. West says he’s “humbled and honored” by his appointment. He lost his bid for a second term in Congress two years ago after a close race with Democrat Patrick Murphy that resulted in court fights and recounts.
MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR PROFESSOR’S MURDER
A South Florida man has been sentenced to death for killing a Nova Southeastern University professor. A Broward County judge sentenced 47-year-old Randy W. Tundidor on Friday. He was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder. Authorities say Tundidor and his son, 26-year-old Randy H. Tundidor, broke into the home of professor Joseph Morrissey in April 2010. Morrissey was the Tundidors’ landlord and in the process of evicting the family.
NEW COLLEGE TO OFFER MASTER’S PROGRAM
New College of Florida will move forward with its first post-graduate degree after state officials approved the plan. The master’s degree is data science program is set to begin with eight students next year with a goal of eventually graduating 15 students each year. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports state lawmakers had already set aside $720,000 in recurring funding for the program. The final step was authorization from the state university system’s governing board. They voted unanimously without discussion to approve the master’s degree.
UNITED AIRLINES TO FLY OUT OF PANAMA CITY AIRPORT
United Airlines will soon start twice-daily flights from Panama City to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline announced this week that it will start the flights from Northwest Florida Beaches Airport near Panama City Beach in 2015. The News Herald of Panama City reports the flights will be operated by United’s regional branch, United Express. The first flight is scheduled for March 5 with bookings available starting Saturday on united.com.
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATELY TEXTING GIRL
A Pasco County school bus driver is accused of trying to get a student on his bus to send him nude photos. Sheriff’s officials say 49-year-old Paul John King was arrested Thursday on charges of using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child and transmitting information harmful to a minor. He remained in the Pasco County Jail on Friday and it’s not known whether he’s hired a lawyer.
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